Professional and Personal Development Starts Here

Experience is a collaborative group of young professionals who coordinate meaningful events that connect industry leaders, visionaries, and educators with our region’s next generation of trailblazers. Experience is a series of events that focuses on leadership and professional development, living in the Roanoke Region and the outdoors, and culminates with an annual conference each year.

It’s more than just networking. Experience is designed to provide meaningful events that provide an authentic environment for young professionals and leaders to brainstorm and connect. Our mission is to be the region’s resource for connecting, empowering, attracting, and retaining talent for a more robust, dynamic community.

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June 4-5, Hotel Roanoke

The leadership conference includes a full day of conference activities with a half-day prior to the conference to add on a professional development or an outdoor excursion!

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for Young Professionals

Gain a greater awareness of the path to leadership and its impact on your organization and professional performance. Discuss the future of leadership with regional leaders and national speakers, define your professional narrative, and align your values and strengths with career goals.

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for Business Leaders

Experience is a valuable way to attract and retain people dedicated to our region and committed to success. With many businesses struggling with succession planning, Experience is an opportunity to get in front of 1,000+ engaged young professionals with a connection to the Roanoke Region.

Upcoming Events

Experience Leadership: Virginia is for Lovers Might be 50 … But Never Gets Old! (with AAF Roanoke)
When: Nov. 14, noon, Roanoke Higher Education Center, Room 212
Register online (check your email for a discount code)

Experience Outside: Holiday Lights Tour (with RIDE Solutions)
When: Dec. 4, 4:30-8 p.m., starts at Village Grill

Experience Leadership: Crushing it in 2020 (time management)
When: Jan. 16, 11:30 a.m., Starr Hill

Experience Outside: Yoga & Climbing
When: February TBA

Experience Leadership: Confidence in Decision-Making, sponsored by JMU MBA Program
When: March 19, 11:30 a.m., Green Goat

Experience Leadership: Blue Ridge Marathon Talent Lounge
When: April 17, 2 p.m.

Experience Outside: Cheering and Cheersing (hike to Mill Moutain Star to support Blue Ridge Marathon runners)
When: April 18, 8 a.m.

Experience Outside: Camping at Jamison Mill + Gravel Bike Rides (with Franklin County Parks and Recreation)
When: April TBA

Experience Leadership: Process Improvement
When: May TBA


Thank you to business partners that help make our events possible.
Want to know more? Learn about the benefits of sponsorship here.

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